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When we read a text aloud, vocalizing carefully, and pausing the semicolons so that children can write it, we say that we are doing a dictation.
If we choose boring texts, dictation will be boring, but if we choose texts that are of interest to them, appropriate to the age and level of the children, we will make it fun for them.
To begin with, we can choose short texts, without very complicated words and that speak of their daily life. We can make a dictation talking about daily hygiene, their pets, what they do when they go to the park, etc. An example can be:
'This morning I went to the market with Mom. We have bought fruit and vegetables and a very tasty bread cake. Later we went to the park, and I met my friend Vicente. We went up the slide and played swing for a while. Mommy gave each of us a banana and we went home right away, because she said she has to cook. '
Dictations make children pay more attention to what they write, learn spelling and the meaning of new words, and if we do it through entertaining texts we will make it easier for them by relating them to the story that we propose.
If we want, for example, children to learn the difference between the words berry, fence and go, we can do so through a rhyming story. First we will explain the three words and their meaning and we will tell them that we are going to do a dictation so that they can write them correctly and can think and concentrate more.
- Berry: Type of fleshy fruit with seeds surrounded by pulp; p. eg, tomato and grape.
- Fence: Stakes driven into the ground or boards joined, to close some place or mark it. Break, or jump, someone's fence.
- Go: 3rd person singular, present subjunctive of the verb go.
THE HUNGRY BEAR
A bear that was hungry
drool over berries,
I thought how to eat them
without jumping a big fence.
'Go over there', he said,
a small porcupine,
and going around the fence
he was able to reach the feast.
By relating hungry, eating and drooling with berries, jumping and fencing, and go from the verb to go, it will be easier for them to learn how to write the words if they remember the story well.
So we can invent different dictations with the words and spelling rules that we want them to learn and according to the desired level.
Then we can make a short summary of our story and individually monitor and correct the children's dictations to make sure it is okay, and never stop praising them.
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